Last night marked Adem's second NYC performance this year, once again taking the stage all by his lonesome. This time the UK art-folk-pop artist was without his trusty harmonium, which didn't survive his trip from Germany. His songs that were normally performed with the harmonium were rearranged for acoustic guitar, giving us a very different experience than at his Joe's Pub show in August. He once again performed Bjork's "Unravel" on ukulele, and the strange coconut music box instrument reappeared as well. He also brought out six primary colored hand bells, which he used while improvising a new song on the spot as he read from a collection of children's stories that were recently given to him. I believe the specific story was The Little Red Fox.
I've made it pretty clear throughout the past few months that I totally dig Adem. Rather than give you yet another full-on review, you can read more about his other live show as well as his new album here and here. Enjoy a few snapshots taken last night at the Bowery Ballroom below.
Photos by Erin Chandler